The Anaheim Ducks have had a hard time lately winning games. The Ducks had lost four straight games coming into their game with the Colorado Avalanche. The losing streak caused them to lose first place in the NHL‘s Western Conference standings, as the St. Louis Blues overtook them.
After the first period against the Avs, it seemed as if the Ducks might be ready to suffer the same fate. Trailing 1-0 going into the second period, the Ducks reminded everyone why they’re still one of the better teams in the NHL and a force to be reckoned with.
Anaheim went out and scored six goals in the second period on their way to a 6-4 victory and a much needed two points in the standings. They are currently tied with the San Jose Sharks atop the Pacific Division.
Anaheim needs to start playing better and more consistent hockey, and they need to start doing it now. With the acquisitions the Blues made at the trade deadline, they have been playing better and have passed the Ducks for the No. 1 seed in the conference and in the NHL.
Unless the Ducks want to have another early round exit in the playoffs, they need to get their act together. With 16 games left to go in the season, they are entering crunch time. As we all know, it’s not just about getting into the playoffs, but its about how you’re playing as you enter the tournament.
Sometimes a lower seed that is hot can make it all the way, while other times it’s the top seed that makes it because they’re playing better. Anaheim has to start playing better if they want to have a chance to advance into the playoffs.